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April 20, 2017

History of Hymns: “What Feast of Love”

By Brad Kisner

Sister Delores Dufner is a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where she is an […]

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April 13, 2017

History of Hymns: “Draw the Circle Wide”

By the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Kay Thompson

“Draw the circle wide, draw the circle wide. No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side, […]

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April 6, 2017

History of Hymns: “Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land”

By the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Kay Thompson

“Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land” is an African American spiritual also known as “No […]

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March 30, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Old Rugged Cross”

By C. Michael Hawn

What do the gospel hymns “The Old Rugged Cross” and “I Come to the Garden Alone” […]

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March 31, 2017

Hymns as Stations of the Cross

By Dr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, OSL

This resource is provided as a way of singing through the final hours leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. The passion […]

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March 16, 2017

History of Hymns: “Lamb of God”

By C. Michael Hawn

While composed in the late twentieth century, this Twila Paris song’s theological and biblical roots run deep in […]

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March 16, 2017

History of Hymns: “Seek Ye First”

By C. Michael Hawn

The influence of Scripture on congregational song is unmistakable. Sometimes a song makes a brief allusion to Scripture; sometimes a […]

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March 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “O Jesus, My King, and My Sovereign”

By C. Michael Hawn

“Jesús es mi Rey Soberano” (“O Jesus, My King, and My Sovereign”) is one […]

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March 8, 2017

Salvation Story

This new song is intended for use in connecting the dots along the story of God's salvation and uses […]

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Lent/Holy Week
March 2, 2017

History of Hymns: “O Love, How Deep”

By C. Michael Hawn

We enter the season of Lent knowing how the story ends. This does not make the story any less important […]

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March 6, 2017

Wade in the Water/Go Down, Moses

These two songs are partnered together so the choruses of each may be sung together. Regardless of the fact that […]

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Lent/Holy Week
February 28, 2017

Loving One Who Tends Creation

Taylor Burton-Edwards has created a beautiful hymn that offers a Trinitarian prayer appropriate for meal blessings and sacred time in […]

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Easter
February 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “He Rose”

By Darnell St. Romain

Growing up in a black Catholic church in South Louisiana, I found Easter Sunday to be one of the most […]

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February 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word”

By Darnell St. Romain

The life of Jesus is one of the most prominent themes of spirituals. Spirituals are sometimes referred to as sorrow […]

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February 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “Fix Me, Jesus”

By Darnell St. Romain

While the texts are written using the first person pronoun, the “me” reference in “Fix Me Jesus […]

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February 2, 2017

History of Hymns: “Come Out the Wilderness”

By Darnell St. Romain

Spirituals were created in response to all life situations and as an answer to cope with the slaves’ existence […]

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January 26, 2017

History of Hymns: “Halle, Halle, Halleluja”

By C. Michael Hawn

What comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean? Perhaps you visualize sun and sea, palm trees and sand, […]

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January 19, 2017

History of Hymns: “God Is Here Today” (“Dios Está Aquí”)

By C. Michael Hawn

I first heard this song at a conference on the western coast of Nicaragua in 1991. Those attending came from around […]

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January 12, 2017

History of Hymns: “Siyahamba”

By C. Michael Hawn

South African freedom songs have become more common in North American hymnals. For those of us in North America, &ldquo […]

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December 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “The First Noel”

By C. Michael Hawn

This Epiphany carol raises several questions. First, “What is a carol?” While the majority of carols are associated […]

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December 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “Jesus, the Light of the World”

By Jan McNair

“Jesus, the Light of the World” was first published in a collection edited by George D. Elderkin, titled […]

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December 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (There’s a Star in the East)”

By Jan McNair

While most Christmas hymns focus on the adoration of the Christ child, this spiritual (like “Go,Tell it on […]

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December 19, 2016

All People Shall See It

Fred Crider has provided a beautifully poetic proclamation based upon Isaiah 40:1-5 for Advent  and/or Christmas. This text […]

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Christmas/Epiphany
December 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “God Almighty, We Are Waiting”

By Jan McNair

There are not many Trinitarian hymns in the Advent hymn repertoire, which makes “God Almighty, We are Waiting” […]

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December 12, 2016

O Wondrous Sight! O Vision Fair

This new setting of an old hymn text and tune provides some energy and rhythm to the original WAREHAM tune […]

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Transfiguration
December 12, 2016

Perfect Us In Love

Perfect Us in Love combines stanzas from two Charles Wesley texts ("Jesus, United by Thy Grace," and "Try Us, O […]

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Salvation
December 12, 2016

Follow Me

Mark Miller created a brief work that incorporates Jesus' call to his disciples and to us within a song composed […]

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Worship
December 12, 2016

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources at Discipleship Ministries, has created a festive setting for this well-beloved hymn. Sing it […]

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Worship
September 16, 2016

2017 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2017, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

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General Music Articles
August 18, 2015

Copyright and Licensing for the Church Musician

These documents can be used either for personal learning or to lead a class in presenting important parts of the […]

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Copyright & Licensing